While many of the soon to be champions of 2010 either have been retired or will come back a little later this year, it should come to no one’s surprise to see the name of Blind Luck emerge as the first one on the entry list for 2011. The now four-year-old daughter of Pollard’s Vision will eye a triumphant return to the races in Sunday’s Grade 2 El Encino at Santa Anita Park. It will be her first start since finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic two months ago. In this age where our racing heroes are seldom challenged and lightly raced campaigns are the norm, Blind Luck marches on like the energizer bunny. Consider that the two month break from the Breeders’ Cup will represent the longest break the little filly in the pink silks has enjoyed since her career began with a 13 ¼ length score in a maiden claiming event at Calder on June 21, 2009.
Since then, Blind Luck has rattled off 14 more starts, with all but her second lifetime start coming in grade one or grade two stakes. Remarkably consistent, she has nine wins, four seconds, and two narrowly beaten thirds to show for her 15 starts. To say her late rally has proven as consistent as death and taxes, remains the truth. Despite the frequency of her racing against topnotch competition, it is the willingness to travel to major events that is perhaps most impressive. The El Encino will mark her ninth consecutive race without running twice in a row at the same place. In that nine race stretch, Blind Luck has visited seven different tracks all over the country, and she has shown zero ill effects from her arduous campaign.
Showing off her readiness for Sunday, the seven time graded stakes winner finished full of run in a seven furlong workout on Friday, stopping the timer in 1:25.20. With exercise rider Marco Ramirez in tow, she eagerly galloped out an extra furlong in 1:39. If the workout is any indication of her current fitness, it would be a surprise to see Blind Luck end up anywhere other than the Santa Anita winner’s circle. The victory would be timely for racing’s road warrior, as it would come 24 hours before she is named Champion three-year-old filly of 2010.
Her career is filled with highlights already, and below I display some of my favorites, but knowing her durability and class, I have a feeling there will be many more to come.